$60 million abalone plan; Proposal for new farm at Dutton Way
NARRAWONG abalone farm operator Yumbah Aquaculture is proposing a new operation at Dutton Way, Bolwarra, which would produce more than four times what its current facility grows.
Yumbah Narrawong general manager Tim Rudge told the Portland Observer planning for the “ambitious” $60 million project is in its early stages, and he and his team are keen to tell local community members more details of the proposal and answer any questions he can, beginning with two information sessions in Portland on Monday and Tuesday.
The design of the facility was built on the knowledge gained from about 20 years of operation at Yumbah’s current abalone farm at Snapper Point Rd, Narrawong, he said.
Known as Yumbah Nyamat, the Bolwarra facility would operate on 63 hectares of land that is currently a cattle farm and is immediately north-west of the Henty Bay BeachFront Holiday Park.
Housing, including holiday accommodation, is to the south-east and south-west of the proposed site, as well as uphill to the north-west of the location.
The bulk of the operation would be based on sandy, low-lying land adjoining Dutton Way, however the site also encompasses property that extends uphill to the Princes Hwy.
“Out to sea – which is most important – we would have access to relatively deep water that’s protected by the bay, but is not the open ocean,” Mr Rudge said.
In addition, the development would require two further facilities.
Permanent jobs would be for people with a wide range of backgrounds, from farm labourers to maintenance and food scientists, biologists as well as managers.